North Devons first free school has appointed a new principal. Jordan Kelly has been acting principal of Route 39 Academy since former principal Joss Hayes stepped down in June last year. Mr Kelly, who grew up in North Devon, had been teaching in Birmingham before joining Route 39 as assistant principal in 2014. He appointed by the governors for the new role this week. He said, Route 39 Academy is an incredibly rewarding place to work, and I am absolutely delighted to take up this position. Its a very exciting time ahead as the scademy continues to grow and building starts on our new premises. There are 120 students currently at the school which is housed in temporary premises at Higher Clovelly until work starts on the new permanent building at Bucks Cross. Richard Bence, chair of governors, added: There was a strong field of talented and experienced applicants from across the country who applied for this post. This is especially encouraging as it is well known that there is a national shortage of high quality leaders for secondary schools. Mr Kelly was clearly the candidate who deserved the position, and it is a testament to our staff that such high quality leaders are developing from within the academy.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.